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I’m Thankful For… (by Matthew DelValle)

I am a sinner overwhelmed by the mercy of God. He never ceases to do me good.  How could I ever return back to my old nature, when I “did not honor him as God or give thanks to him” (Romans 1:21)? I can do no such thing. It is my heart’s desire to give thanks and honor to my ever-faithful God. And what else can I say but echo the words of Scripture in giving thanks for all the Lord’s manifold blessings:
  

  • I am thankful for the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever! (Psalm 118:1; 107:8).
     
  • I am thankful for the Lord’s righteousness (Psalm 7:17).
      
  • I am thankful because God chose me to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth (2 Thessalonians 2:13).
      
  • I am thankful that God answered me and has become my salvation (Psalm 118:21).
      
  • I am thankful for the forgiveness of sins through Jesus Christ, God’s beloved Son, who has delivered me from the domain of darkness and transferred me to his kingdom, and thus qualified me to share in the inheritance of the saints in light (Colossians 1:12-14).
      
  • I am thankful that I, who was once a slave of sin, have been set free from sin and become a slave of righteousness (Romans 6:17-18).
      
  • I am thankful for victory over death through the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:55-57).
      
  • I am thankful that in everything by prayer and supplication I can make known my requests to God (Philippians 4:6).
      
  • I am thankful for the Church, because its faith is proclaimed in all the world, spreading the fragrance of the knowledge of God everywhere (Romans 1:8; 2 Corinthians 2:14).
      
  • I am thankful for Faith Baptist Church, because of our partnership in the gospel from the first day I joined until now (Philippians 1:3).
      
  • I am thankful for the generosity of God’s people, for giving me scholarships to attend seminary (2 Corinthians 9:11).
      
  • I am thankful for Bible-saturated hymns and gospel songs to sing to God with my brothers and sisters in Christ (Colossians 3:16; Psalm 35:18).
      
  • I am thankful for the people God has placed in my life: for my wonderful parents who raised me to love God and His Word and to follow Christ; for my brother and sister-in-law who model godliness to me and encourage me to pursue ministry; for my many friends and relatives for their constant love and support throughout all the years—thank you, thank you, thank you for investing in me, praying for me, supporting me, and for your faithfulness.  Words are inadequate to describe my gratitude to God for all of you. I would not be who I am without God providentially placing you in my life. I cannot wait to spend eternity with you as we worship our triune God together. I love you with all my heart (1 Timothy 2:1).
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